Most authors don’t think of themselves as “police” … yet its one of those post-publication duties added to the authoring list once the book is out.
For copyright protection, if you’ve taken the steps to register your work, enforcing your copyright through the court system is a little easier–if it becomes a necessity. One of the challenges is identifying which part of your work has been copied. Interesting, it’s often a “fan” who will bring it to your attention that your work has been zapped and an infringement is in play.
What do you do next? Good question.
1. Notifying the author/freelancer/publisher that your work has been infringed upon and that you are protecting your copyright.
2. You may want to contact an intellectual property attorney if a significant amount of your work has been lifted and discuss the best way to proceed with the “alleged” words.
3. If your work has not been registered yet with the U.S. Copyright office, and the alleged infringement is significant, get it done pronto.
4. What about book piracy? Matey … you’ve got a problem.
Book piracy costs publishing over $200 million a year–don’t let you or your book become a victim. Get help. I’ve done a recent podcast on it. Listen HERE.
Piracy Trace is an automated platform that searches the entire web looking for copies of your work. With an always-on scanning approach, you can rest assured if it’s been copied we’ll find it. There is a free 30 day trial… after that, to track one book, it’s $1 per month; up to 5 titles, $4. Suggest you listen in pronto to the podcast done on AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing dated February 25, 2016. Your book may be on the plank with pirates!
Create a Take Down Notice for Pirated Books!
One of the critical notices to send to any website hosting company is the DMCA. Go to IPWatchDog.com and download the sample letter. Do a copy and paste with your information, then submit it to any hosting company that is carrying your books and shouldn’t be. The clock starts to tick with a 24 hour window to remove your material
5. With that said, get yourself registered immediately for the June 4th Saturday Mornings Program. If you are in Denver–register anyway, or if you already have commitments. We will send the video to you the following week of the entire program.
Copyright questions. Trademark questions. Even Patent questions. You will get answers.
Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 35 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.
Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged, a three day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. In 2016, the dates are June 23-25th. Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for “AuthorU – Your Guide to Book Publishing” on the Toginet Network at bit.ly/PublishingShow .
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Author U is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful. Monthly education programs delivered face-to-face and online, The Author Resource ezine, BookCamps and the annual Author U Extravaganza are tools designed for authors pre, during and post publishing of their books. Join AuthorU.org today.
If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday. The number is 218-632-9854; Access Code 1239874444 … have your questions ready–there’s a full hour to ask and listen
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